2018 Calder Cup playoffs

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2018 Calder Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 19–June 14, 2018
Teams16
Final positions
ChampionsToronto Marlies
Runner-upTexas Stars
2017
2019

The 2018 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 19, 2018, with the playoff format that was introduced in 2016. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-five series in the division semifinals, with the playoffs continuing with best-of-seven series for the division finals, conference finals, and Calder Cup finals.

A Division finals game between the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Charlotte Checkers became the longest game in AHL history by going 86:48 into overtime when Alex Krushelnyski of the Phantoms scored the winning 2–1 goal. The game started at 7:03 pm on May 9 and ended at 1:09 am on May 10. The Checkers had 95 shots on goal and Alex Lyon would finish with 94 saves, while Alex Nedeljkovic would finish with 51 saves on 53 shots. The previous record of 82:58 into overtime was set in 2008, also between the AHL affiliates of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes.[1]

The Toronto Marlies won their first Calder Cup, beating the Texas Stars four games to three in the finals.

Playoff seeds[edit]

After the 2017–18 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams in each division ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) qualify for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.[2] The Toronto Marlies were the first team to clinch a playoff spot and went on to claim the regular season title with four games remaining.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

  1. Lehigh Valley Phantoms – 104 points (.684)
  2. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – 99 points (.651)
  3. Charlotte Checkers – 96 points (.632)
  4. Providence Bruins – 95 points (.625)

North Division[edit]

  1. Toronto Marlies– 112 points (.737)
  2. Syracuse Crunch – 100 points (.658)
  3. Rochester Americans – 91 points (.599)
  4. Utica Comets – 88 points (.579)

Western Conference[edit]

Central Division[edit]

  1. Chicago Wolves – 95 points (.625)
  2. Grand Rapids Griffins – 93 points (.612)
  3. Manitoba Moose – 92 points (.605)
  4. Rockford IceHogs – 88 points (.579)

Pacific Division[edit]

  1. Tucson Roadrunners – 90 points (.662)
  2. Texas Stars – 90 points (.592)
  3. Ontario Reign – 79 points (.581)
  4. San Jose Barracuda – 76 points (.559), 33 ROWs

Bracket[edit]

  Division semifinals Division finals Conference finals Calder Cup final
                                     
A1 Lehigh Valley 3  
A4 Providence 1  
  A1 Lehigh Valley 4  
 
  A3 Charlotte 1  
A2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
A3 Charlotte 3  
  A1 Lehigh Valley 0  
Eastern Conference
  N1 Toronto 4  
N1 Toronto 3  
N4 Utica 2  
  N1 Toronto 4
 
  N2 Syracuse 0  
N2 Syracuse 3
N3 Rochester 0  
  N1 Toronto 4
  P2 Texas 3
C1 Chicago 0  
C4 Rockford 3  
  C4 Rockford 4
 
  C3 Manitoba 0  
C2 Grand Rapids 2
C3 Manitoba 3  
  C4 Rockford 2
Western Conference
  P2 Texas 4  
P1 Tucson 3  
P4 San Jose 1  
  P1 Tucson 1
 
  P2 Texas 4  
P2 Texas 3
P3 Ontario 1  


Division semifinals[edit]

Note 1: Home team is listed first.
Note 2: Higher-seeded team had the choice of games 1, 2, and 5 at home or games 3, 4, and 5 at home.

Eastern Conference[edit]

(A1) Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. (A4) Providence Bruins[edit]

Lehigh Valley won series 3–1


(A2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (A3) Charlotte Checkers[edit]

Charlotte won series 3–0


(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (N4) Utica Comets[edit]

Toronto won series 3–2


(N2) Syracuse Crunch vs. (N3) Rochester Americans[edit]

Syracuse won series 3–0


Western Conference[edit]

(C1) Chicago Wolves vs. (C4) Rockford IceHogs[edit]

Rockford won series 3–0


(C2) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (C3) Manitoba Moose[edit]

Manitoba won series 3–2


(P1) Tucson Roadrunners vs. (P4) San Jose Barracuda[edit]

Tucson won series 3–1


(P2) Texas Stars vs. (P3) Ontario Reign[edit]

Texas won series 3–1


Division finals[edit]

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference[edit]

(A1) Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. (A3) Charlotte Checkers[edit]

Lehigh Valley won series 4–1
  1. ^ Game 4 became the longest game in AHL history by going 86:48 into overtime. The previous record of 82:58 into overtime was set in 2008.

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (N2) Syracuse Crunch[edit]

Toronto won series 4–0


Western Conference[edit]

(C3) Manitoba Moose vs. (C4) Rockford IceHogs[edit]

Rockford won series 4–0


(P1) Tucson Roadrunners vs. (P2) Texas Stars[edit]

Texas won series 4–1


Conference finals[edit]

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference[edit]

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (A1) Lehigh Valley Phantoms[edit]

Toronto won series 4–0


Western Conference[edit]

(P2) Texas Stars vs. (C4) Rockford IceHogs[edit]

Texas won series 4–2


Calder Cup Finals[edit]

Note: Home team is listed first.

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (P2) Texas Stars[edit]

Toronto won series 4–3


Playoff statistical leaders[edit]

Leading skaters[edit]

These are the top ten skaters based on points. If there is a tie in points, goals take precedence over assists.[3]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Andreas Johnsson Toronto Marlies 16 10 14 24 4
Curtis McKenzie Texas Stars 22 11 9 20 27
Chris DiDomenico Rockford IceHogs 13 7 11 18 22
Trevor Moore Toronto Marlies 20 6 11 17 4
Justin Dowling Texas Stars 22 4 13 17 2
Ben Smith Toronto Marlies 20 7 9 16 0
Chris Mueller Toronto Marlies 20 4 12 16 6
Travis Morin Texas Stars 22 7 8 15 16
Brian Flynn Texas Stars 22 6 9 15 6
Carl Grundstrom Toronto Marlies 20 8 6 14 14

Leading goaltenders[edit]

This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage with at least 240 minutes played. The table is initially sorted by goals against average, with the criterion for inclusion in bold.[4]

GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; SO = Shutouts; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes)

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Alex Lyon Lehigh Valley Phantoms 11 6 5 449 25 1.98 .944 0 757:59
Alex Nedeljkovic Charlotte Checkers 8 4 4 234 19 2.11 .919 1 540:44
Adin Hill Tucson Roadrunners 9 4 5 258 20 2.12 .922 2 566:04
Garret Sparks Toronto Marlies 19 14 5 497 42 2.22 .915 2 1134:20
Collin Delia Rockford IceHogs 10 7 3 340 26 2.34 .924 0 666:42
Mike McKenna Texas Stars 22 14 8 752 55 2.41 .927 2 1371:00
Thatcher Demko Utica Comets 5 2 3 191 14 2.69 .927 0 312:23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marathon men: Phantoms win longest AHL game ever". AHL. May 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "AHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS ANNUAL MEETING CONCLUDES". AHL. July 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "2018 Calder Cup Skater Stats". theahl.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 Calder Cup Goalie Stats". theahl.com. Retrieved April 21, 2018.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2017 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
2018
Succeeded by
2019 Calder Cup playoffs